Arezzo is privileged too!
Had a chance to speak with Al Arezzo for a few minutes today over at Wireless Solutions, where he was having his cell phone fixed.
He explained why he has a red police light on his dashboard. “I’m on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because in case of an emergency in Hoboken such as a fire or building collapse, I have to be one of the first people on scene”, he said. He went on to say that it’s a city car, and was paid for out of the Construction Code budget, and that light is used rarely, if ever.
Additionally, he’s a bit irritated at the “media” (which he referred to as “you guys” and included 411 in that group), because he feels that the city is trying to push him out, in favor of Mayor Roberts friend (and best man in his wedding) Mario Tridenti. He said that Tridenti is currently employed in a County Zoning Development position that was newly created. He also said that Tridenti is currently “in school”, training to take the Hoboken Construction Code job that Al currently holds. He also said that Tidenti doesn’t even live in Hoboken, and that this job requires that you be a Hoboken resident.
He also said that the whole thing about him owning a unit at Maxwell Place had nothing to do with the whole fence debacle, as the City would have figured out another way to complain about his enforcement of City Code. He was just doing his job, he said.
Arezzo also informed me of a rumor he heard that 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is the one that “owns Hoboken411”, which I quickly corrected him on. This is owned 100% by me, and no one else. Not even close! He also was convinced I was the one that snapped the picture of his car, when in fact it was sent in by a reader. But he didn’t want to take the time to understand what I do, and believes I have “an agenda”, which was also incorrect. I report what I see, and what people send me.
I’m glad I had the chance to speak with him. He gave me his number, and I may call him often as stories that surround him and the Construction Code Office pop up.
Here a reader writes in about Al Arezzo’s parking “entitlement”. Why does a construction code guy have restricted plates and a police light on his dash?
“Why can Al Arezzo park his car in the Washington Street Bus Stop by City Hall all morning and not get a ticket? Is it because he has an official police red light on his dash or is it because he has “Confidential” license plates that don’t show up on DMV look ups?
Better yet, why does he have the plates and lights which are prohibited for use by civilians?”